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Health Law and Bioethics Scholar to Discuss Conflicts in Human Subject Research on Oct. 6

September 22, 2011

On Oct. 6, the law school will host the presentation "In Plain Sight: A Simple Solution to a Fundamental Challenge in Human Research" by University of Virginia Professor Lois Shepherd.

Shepherd's presentation will explore the conflict that exists when physician-researchers are torn between the needs of the research protocol and the needs of the patient. She also will discuss a solution: In clinical research, each research subject should have a doctor independent from the study.

An expert in the fields of health law and bioethics, Shepherd’s primary appointment is in the University of Virginia’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities where she directs the center’s programs in medicine and law. She also teaches courses in health care law and ethics at both the law school and the medical school.

The event takes place at 4 p.m. in Room 140.